Worker Dies After Truck Accident at Heathrow T2


A building worker has died after an incident with a truck at the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow Airport was the recent scene of a tragic accident

The man, believed to have been in his 30s, was hit by the contractor's dumper lorry early on the morning of Thursday 2 October.

London Air Ambulance was immediately called, but the worker, who was employed by a well-known civil engineering firm, was pronounced dead at the scene at around 0545 BST.

Site Still Under Construction

The facility, designated Terminal 2 or the Queen's Terminal, was officially opened in June. However, the incident happened in an area still occupied by construction workers and plant: a multi-level car park worth almost £80m.

Police Inquiries at Scene

The Health and Safety Executive said it knew of the accident and was now helping police with their onsite investigations.

According to New Scotland Yard, the driver of the truck had halted at the scene. At time of writing no-one has been arrested.

Though the worker's name has not yet been released, his relatives have been advised. A Heathrow spokesperson said the airport's "deepest sympathy and thoughts are with [the man's] family, friends and colleagues."

Employers Have Duty of Care

Adrian Fawden, a Personal Injury partner with Simpson Millar LLP, said it is too soon to apportion responsibility for the accident.

"But it is worth remembering that all employers have a duty of care to their employees," Adrian noted. "In a hazardous environment such as a building site, the responsibility is that much greater still."

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